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Vanderbilt takes four of six singles matches against Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Up first on the second day of the June Stewart Invitational, Vanderbilt tallied four singles victories against Tennessee to highlight the second day of the tournament at Currey Tennis Center.

“We had a great morning of singles against Tennessee,” said head coach Aleke Tsoubanos. “We were spirited and fought on every court and nearly came through in all six matches. Amanda Meyer played a really clean match and is continuing to find her stride and build confidence. Marcella Cruz and Dasha Kourkina picked up great wins playing solid, committed tennis. We’re looking forward to seeing one more day of great competition Sunday against Auburn in doubles and Kentucky in singles.”

Vanderbilt’s singles victories were all straight-set triumphs. Meyer took down Rebeka Mertena 6-2, 6-2 while Cruz and Kourkina both lost just five games apiece throughout their matches with Cruz topping Daria Kuczer 6-1, 6-4 and Kourkina beating Tenika McGiffin 6-4, 6-1. Vanderbilt’s fourth victory came from Holly Staff, who topped Callie Creath 6-4, 7-5.

The Commodores will finish out the 2020 fall season Sunday with the final day of the June Stewart Invitational. Fans can follow the action with live scoring to by watching the live stream.

Carly Briggs (UT) def. Emma Kurtz (Vandy) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Amanda Meyer (Vandy) def. Rebeka Mertena (UT) 6-2, 6-2
Johanna Silva (UT) def. Anessa Lee (Vandy) 6-2, 7-6
Marcella Cruz (Vandy) def. Daria Kuczer (UT) 6-1, 6-4
Dasha Kourkina (Vandy) def. Tenika McGiffin (UT) 6-4, 6-1
Holly Staff (Vandy) def. Callie Creath (UT) 6-4, 7-5

Akville Parazinskaite/Fiona Arrese (UK) def. Emma Kurtz/Christina Rosca (Vandy) 6-2
Elizabeth Stevens/Carla Girbau (UK) def. Amanda Meyer/Marcella Cruz (Vandy) 6-3
Anastasia Tkachenko/Salsa Aher (UK) def. Dasha Kourkina/Anessa Lee (Vandy) 7-6 (5)